The Metanarrative: A Summary

a) It totalizes reality (explains everything)

b) It is based on the rational self (rather than on tradition)

c) It is the principle of legitimation (makes some things "good", "right", "true", or whatever, and others the opposite)

d) It is abstract (it is not generated from particular instances, but rather is applied to the particulars)

e) It is emancipatory (gives us a way out of our problems)